…to work on a class assignment while at one of my favorite places in the world? Here’s me jumping for joy when I visited Joshua Tree National Park this week, for the first time in over a decade.
I consider myself a perpetual work in progress in the photography department, so I didn’t want to miss out on an opportunity to try and re-try some of these tips while I was in Twentynine Palms, CA on business travel. Joshua Tree National Park is full of happy memories for me, of camping and hiking with friends. So, it was with great pleasure to visit again (after a 10 year hiatus since moving to the East Coast). Armed with my camera (and iPhone as back up) and many of the photography tips offered in this assignment, I set off late one afternoon to this wonderland. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did taking them:
1. Foregound/Background Contrast (credit: Eight Great Techniques for Great Photographs)
Sunsets are magical at Joshua Tree National Park. The trees take on an even more mystical air against the backdrop of a setting sun. In the photo above, the setting sun gave the boulders in the background dramatic colors. In the photo below, the setting sun is the backdrop for the joshua trees:
2. Framing (credit: Eight Great Techniques for Great Photographs)
I took a few shots experimenting with having things in the park frame others. The petroglyphs in the first photo are framed by the rock wall was well as the surrounding bush. The silhouette of the Joshua trees in the second photo are framed by the car side mirror, as I was leaving the park. The branches of a Joshua tree frame the other Joshua trees in the distance, as well as the boulders lit by the setting sun.
3. Perspective (credit: Eight Great Techniques for Great Photographs)
I had a couple of prickly misadventures during my effort to shoot photos from a different perspective. I had to crouch down and get very close to a cholla bush and was pricked by a neighboring cacti in the process. But it was worth it to get the photo of looking up at the Joshua tree.